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How to Pray Effectively: Discovering Direction, Purpose & Energy!

Updated on January 6, 2013

Looking for a Little Direction, Purpose & Energy in Your Life?

Life can be a chaotic, confusing and exhausting endeavor at times. However, it does not have to be. Discover the biblical keys to finding direction, purpose and energy through effective prayer.

As you go about your usual, perfunctory activities during the day, do you find yourself lacking direction, purpose or energy? Well, you can stop stressing-out because there is a simple, yet powerful, solution to your dilemma - quality prayer!

Yes, life can be a chaotic, confusing and exhausting endeavor at times. However, it does not have to be. Discover the biblical keys to finding direction, purpose and energy through effective prayer.

The Bible provides two keys to developing effective prayer and finding the direction, purpose and energy we are all seeking in our daily lives.

"Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed." (Mark 1:35)

Effective Prayer Is Private

As this Bible passage opens, Jesus is found spending time in prayer with His Father. How did He do this? God's Word says that Jesus "went out and departed to a solitary place."

Jesus did not pray around the others; rather, He found a quiet, secluded place where He could spend private time with God. Notice, this required "going out" and "departing." Private places for fellowship with God are seldom found in the midst of the daily grind! The solitude necessary to focus on Jesus often requires stepping outside the daily "box" of activities.

While Scripture teaches to pray "at all times" and "with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18), this in no way negates - or even diminishes - the need to engage in consequential prayer with the Lord in solitude - away from the distractions of daily life.

Effective Prayer is a Priority

Mark stressed the fact that Jesus got up early to pray, writing, "having risen a long while before daylight."

Why is this important? Because context reveals that Mark had just described the previous evening, expressing how, after sunset, the people of Capernaum had brought all their sick and possessed to Him to be healed.

In fact, Mark wrote that the entire city had appeared at Simon's door. Jesus had healed many and cast out many demons. It would have been very late into the night before the last joyous soul had departed and things quieted down. And then, there was sure to have been loads of questions for Jesus from James, John, Simon and Andrew about the events of the evening.

Who knows how late it was before Jesus was finally able to fall asleep. He must have been absolutely exhausted. And yet, He awoke very early to pray. Why? Because Jesus put His Father first, above all things - fellowshipping with His Father was Jesus' top priority.

Effective Prayer Produces Results

Context also reveals that as a result of making His Father a priority and devoting private time to fellowship with Him, Jesus received three things: direction, purpose and renewed energy.

Mark revealed that when His disciples came looking for Him, Jesus said, "Let us go into the next towns [direction], that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth [purpose]" (Mark 1:38). Furthermore, Mark declared that after this, "He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons [renewed energy]" (Mark 1:39).

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How About You?

Are you looking for direction, purpose and energy for your frenetic day?

By making prayer a priority and seeking solitude to partake in it, you just might discover the direction, purpose and renewed energy you are seeking!

We live in a world that is full of activity and clatter. It is all too easy to become distracted and fail to hear the still, small voice of God. One of the best ways to insure that we don't miss His voice is by "going out" and "departing" from the deafening roar of our daily lives.

In the down-to-earth words of a wise follower of Christ, "Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" We would all do well to heed the words of John Bunyan, who once wisely remarked:

He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day!

Charles Stanely on Prayer

"Remember the shortest distance between a problem and the solution is the distance between our knees and the floor."

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